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$25M upgrade of sports complex to begin

- Fourth phase on Canyon Country site includes new skatepark, gym

Posted: June 7, 2008 1:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2008 5:03 a.m.
City officials are set to break ground next week to add a larger skatepark and gymnasium to the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Canyon Country.

The sports complex will get a $25 million spruce-up that also includes a multi-use playing field, more parking and landscaping.

The new 40,000-square-foot skatepark was designed with input from local skateboarders and will replace the existing 11,000-square-foot skatepark. Features include bowls, a flow course, an adjacent restroom and concession building.

The existing skatepark will not close until August, at which time the city plans to open up a temporary skate park, said Rick Gould, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Skateboarders will likely only have to use the temporary park for less than six months, he said, with the new park expected to open in the spring.

The new gym will have indoor basketball and volleyball courts and is expected to open in 2010.

The 20-acre complex already has an aquatic center and activities center and will expand to 34 acres with this newest phase. During later stages, which include a BMX track, a roller hockey rink and off-leash dog park, the park will eventually grow to 60 acres.

"We are very excited about the Sports Complex expansion project and the opportunity to provide for the recreational needs of our community for generations to come," Mayor Bob Kellar said in a statement.

To RSVP for the groundbreaking, call (661) 255-4939.


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